|Martin / Gisbey 1930 Aston Martin International Sorbie 1927 Austin 7 Chummy
Laird/Shute 1967 Imp
Head 2000 BMW convertible
1974 VW BeetleLaing/Ritchie
1959 MGA Twin Cam
Fleming 1970 MG MidgetSudjic 1927 Bugatti Type 44Lapsley 1930
Rolls Royce 20/25
1997 Royale SabreFerguson 1978 Triumph Dolomite Sprint
Paton 2000 Mercedes SLK
Alan Garfagnini 2002 VW Golf
Reuben Phillips MGB/GT?
Brought the day car when MG fuel system clogged
|RSAC Three Lochs
Classic - Sunday 8
Story & photos Jim Paterson.
were forecast for the west of Scotland on Sunday 8 August, though it
spread wider as it turned out. Not a good omen for the 3 Lochs Classic
starting at the Morris Equestrian Centre at Fenwick, near Kilmarnock.
The organisers RSAC have used this venue successfully for several years
and it is wide open to the weather. |
We arrived to greet some
20 starters this year, reduced from the pre-pandemic era, but welcome
to see some Classic, vintage and veteran cars, awoken out of a
prolonged slumber. There was a choice of a long 84 miles and short 40
mile routes, the latter for the more elderly, though some of them would
opt for the longer drive.
Having travelled from Edinburgh
to carry out my role of Concours d'Elegance judge, along with my
fellow judges Andrew Pemberton and Gordon Hood. We had driven through a few
downpours but it was bright with a hint of sunshine when we arrived at
Fenwick. The crews were also arriving in a variety of stunning
While most of the cars were British heritgage we had
some classic european marques. Craig McGibbon brought his 1972 Lancia
Fulvia coupe with Karsten Brown on the roadbook. Craig has had a lot of
fun with the car but has a few 'jobs' lined up for the winter months
ahead. Just happy to get it out for a run.
The Equestrian centre the crews headed west then north toward Stewarton
and Dunlop, on their way toward Dalry, Giffordland and over the Fairlie Moor road to Largs.
route headed north, hugging the coast to pass Wemyss Bay to Inverkip,
turning east, inland to Loch Thom, in the Clyde Muirshiel Regional
brought a most unusual VW Beetle. Rebuilt in the Baja racing format
this is no ordinary1974 beetle! With a 1900cc modified engine, big
wheels and knobbly tyres this looks like it could cross the Sahara at
speed, something Rachel has on her bucket list! Charles Levine would
read the roadbook, whilst hanging on. The car front wings tend to lift
the car if water and strong wind gets between wheel and wing. So look
out for flying VW as both would be in abundance on route today.|
and Mary Paton left their trusty Mini at home, opting for the Mercedes
SLK, a mere 11 years old. George and Ann Head brought their 2000 BMW
318 convertible, but the hood looked decidedly well nailed in the up
position. Charlie Young and Eddie Hawke arrived in their favourite 2007
Mazda MX5. All would be joining the club's Red Hackle next weekend.
Sudjic and co-driver Gesa Walker were to enter their 1914 Stutz
Speedster, but a change of heart, possibly due to the forecast, as the
Stutz is an early race car with no, and I mean NO protection from the
elements. A shift to the 1927 Bugatti Type 44 at least had a windscreen
and more comfort and protection. The Buggati looked resplendent with
its refurbished interior, releathered in tan, down to the Bugatti EB
insignia embossed on the door panels (Willie Ramsay vehicle hoods and upholsterer Loanhead is the man to go to) going very well with the Blue bodywork. As well as collecting the class prize, they also secured Furthest Travelled trophy.
|A flurry to Kilmacolm before heading south toward Lochwinnoch .|
A short blast down the A737 to Beith before cutting south east over to Lugton and Kingsford.
The home run took us south to Kilmaurs before swining round to reach Th eMorris equestrian Centre, our finish venue.
'Wee' route folowed the big route then cut out the northerly section by
the coast and picked it back up later for the home run to the
and Jetta Sorbie had a great Austin 7 Chummy, another 1927 model.
Mitchell had fitted a high compression cylinder head which 'doubles'
the power, from 7 to 14 hp. Quite a feat! The model was also the first
BMW car (built under license), known as the 'Dixi' . The crew would go
on to win first overall 'Albion Cup' in the Concours
Roger Martin brought a
splendid 1930 Aston Martin International, with Malcom Gisbey on the
roadbook. Roger is owner of Martin's Aston Services, the only
independent Aston Martin specialist in Scotland, and one of the few
Aston Martin specialists in the UK to care for all models –
Modern, Classic and Vintage. Regulars Alan and Ruth Lapsley brought
their 1930 Rolls Royce 20/25 to complete the Vintage Class.
and Margaret Healy won the Classic Class 1 award in their 1955 MGA.
Being the only car in the class made it a bit easier,but the car is a
stunner, having being given a lot of care and attention ove the years
of ownership. Complete with picnic basket and cooking fresh bacon
on the engine (in tinfoil of course) solved th elunchtime problem.
Class 2 was won by Robert Oliver and Claire Maccoll in a 1961 'Big
Healey' 3000 Mk1. Donald Laing and Susan Ritchie were right behind them
in their outstanding 1959 MGA Twin Cam, which would win them 'The
Provost's Trophy' for second overall Concours d'Elegance.
Class 3 were bringing us into the 70's with the perky little Hillman
Imp of Colin Laird with Brian Shute picking up the class win. One of
the best restored examples of this popular marque. Tony and Ruairidh
Fleming joined in their 1970 MG Midget. They will be joining the CCHMSC
Grand Caledonian Tour in September. Ian an dMichelle Caldwell in their
1972 MGB Roadster, along with the McGibbon, Brown Lancia completed the
on to mid seventies in Classic Class 4we met Rachel Dover in the VW
Beetle which handled the thunderstorms on route without taking off!
Rueben and daughter Hope Philips MGB/GT fuel line choked just prior to
the event but turned out in the day car anyway. Class winner was George
and Elizabeth Ferguson, keen classic tourers in a stunning yellow 1978
Triumph Dolomite Sprint.
Open Class featured cars from the 90's and post millenium. Linsey Giles
and Dan Wright 1995 Aston Martin DB7, Chris and Mary Paton 2000
Mercedes SLK, George and Anne Head BMW 318 convertible (with permanent
up hood today!), Charlie young and Eddie Hawke in the 20007 MX5, who
did risk the hood down, with Iain & Jacqueline Mack in a 2017
Vauxhall Mokka. winner was Dvid Barlow in his 1997 Royale Sabre with
richard Welsh guiding the route. Both are keen classic enthusiasts and
will be seen in the CCHMSC Red Hackle next weekend.
The Junior Awards went to Hope Phillips and Ruaridh Fleming, who we look forward to seeing on future events.
|Published 20 August 2021|